May 27, 2018
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Books keep you knitting through the wintertime

Contributed | BDN
Contributed | BDN
By Ardeana Hamlin, BDN Staff

Knitters with a yen to design their own hand-knits from sketch to skein to finished garment need look no farther than “Knitwear Design Workshop: A Comprehensive Guide to Handknits” by Shirley Paden, published by Interweave.

In the introduction, Paden writes, “This is not a theoretical design book, but rather one that explains the step-by-step process of using measurements, calculation and schematics to create knitted designs.”

The book is really a series of miniclasses on all aspects of designing your own garment, including taking measurements, selecting a body shape, drawing a schematic, selecting yarn, choosing a pattern stitch and how to translate measurements to number of stitches and rows.

There is so much useful information in this book, knitters who want to move into the realm of designing their own pieces will return to it again and again.

The book also includes projects to try. The cost of the book is $40.

If you love warm, sassy hats, get “Hattitude” by Cathy Carron, published by Sixth&Spring Books. This collection of 40 hats to knit will appeal to those seeking projects that can be finished in several evenings of knitting. Designs include versions of the stocking cap, berets, watch caps and hoods knit in Aran Isle, Fair Isle, cable, textured and frilly patterns. The cost is $19.95.

Also from Sixth&Spring is “60 Quick Knits: 20 Hats, 20 Scarves, 20 Mittens in Cascade 220.” Cascade 220 is wool yarn manufactured by Cascade Yarns. Stores in Maine listed at that sell Cascade 220 are Fiberphilia in Orono, Heavenly Sock Yarn in Belfast, Shirley’s in Hancock, Yardgoods Center in Waterville and Lilac Lilly in Southwest Harbor.

Included in the book, along with hats, scarves and mittens patterns, are instructions for mitts and a drawstring bag.

Designs that attracted my eye are the puppy- and bunny-themed mittens for children, the birdcage pattern mittens, the leaf-lace gauntlets and the cabled brim tam.

The cost of the book is $17.95.

“New England Knits” by Cecily MacDonald and Melissa LaBarre is a collection of elegantly classic sweaters, hats and jackets, with vests, a bag and a few hats included. Each design is named to refer to a place in New England, but if you want to stick to patterns that call to mind towns in Maine, you could knit the Auburn Top, the Fairfield Sweater, the Portland Mittens, the Augusta Cardigan, the Old Port Pullover, the Lewiston Striped Vest or the Windsor Warmer.

Published by Interweave, the cost of the book is $24.95.

“Northern Knits” by Lucinda Guy and published by Interweave will appeal to those enchanted with the knitting traditions of Scandinavia, Iceland and the Shetland Isles — a glance at the book will cast a spell on receptive knitters, converting them quickly to the knitting realms of these Northern climes.

The designs in the book have an earthy folk-wear air about them that is hard to resist, including the red-and-white-striped twined socks, the Crowning Glory cobweb shawl, the Lilja textured jacket and the Pia lace-weight pullover.

The cost of the book is $24.95.

Check with your local library or bookstore to ask about these books.

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ä Admire more than 100 quilts 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, on the first floor of St. Mark’s Rectory and in the Parish Hall, 9 Summer St., Augusta. The Sacred Cotton Quilters will sponsor the quilt show. The show will include quilts, wall hangings, table runners, quilted apparel and many other items.

Vendors at the quilt show will be Mariner’s Compass, Bath; Patchwork Place, Livermore Falls; Shaker Girl Quilts, Vicki Birden, Strong; Heart ’n Home Quilting, Union.

Demonstrations will take place throughout the day, door prizes will be drawn every hour and members will preside over sales tables where quilters will sell quilted items.

Admission is $2. Parking is free, and the venue is handicapped-accessible. For information, contact Tina Mann at 441-2971 or

ä The Hampden Highland Quilters will hold its Quilt Show 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, at the Avalon Village Manor House, 50 Foxglove Drive in Hampden. Included in the show will be traditional, art and novelty quilts.

Featured quilter will be Sally Field.

The show will offer piecing and quilting demonstrations and a quilters yard sale.

Admission to the event is a $3 donation.

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